First Team Reports Eastdivision 2 east:
loxwood 7 - 0 sainsbury's winnersh
loxwood bounced back from their cup semi-final humiliation as they sank sainsbury's to maintain their title aspirations. the team needed a lift after their midweek disaster and this they got with a comprehensive victory despite finishing the game with 10 men after christian buckley was dismissed for two bookable offences. the return of richard witt made a massive difference to loxwood and after a nervy start, rangers finally went ahead when witt's run down the right saw him cross for nathan harvey to fire home at the back post. witt then struck twice in quick succession to ease rangers into a 3-0 lead and when jonny austin scored at the second attempt it put loxwood in complete control. harvey: double strike after the interval nathan harvey bagged his second after good work by jason harris and richard witt. but rangers then shot themselves in the foot when buckley, already on a yellow card for a first half flare-up, decided to kick the ball away after disagreeing with a decision and was sent off for his second bookable offence. this meant rangers had to reorganise and were unable to go flat out for more goals but they still managed to grab two more before the end. super-sub chris thorpe opened his account for the season with a powerful run a first class finish inside the box and jonno morshead added the seventh with a great shot on the turn after being set up by witt. there was a let off for loxwood in the closing stages when brian colman, who had otherwise been outstanding in an unaccustomed position at centre back, gave away a penalty for a clumsy challenge. but the sainsbury's player fired his spot kick wide and loxwood held on for another clean sheet and three more vital points. how they performed 1 jason mitchell - everything stuck this week although he needs some new studs in his boots having spent a lot of time on his backside - 7. 2 michael woods - very solid display from woodsy who always looked dangerous - 8. 3 nathan harvey - great to have nathan back to form with two well taken goals - 7. 4 jason harris - kept things tight in midfield and sent in some useful crosses which weren't quite finished off- 7. 5 christian buckley - let himself down by being needlessly sent off - 6. 6 brian colman - apart from giving away a penalty, brian did well at the heart of the defence and his aerial power was a major factor - 8. 7 wes stone - never stopped running and was unfortunate not to open his loxwood account - 8. 8 pete phillips - weighed in with some storming headers and some solid tackles - 7. 9 jonny austin - boosted his confidence with a close range strike and could have added a couple more to his tally - 6. 10 richard witt - made a big difference to our attacking play. he always looked dangerous and holds the key to opening up defenses - 8. 11 nick pope - this was nick's first game in six matches but it didn't look as though he had been away as he scooped the man of the match award - 9. subs 12 duncan greenwood (for austin 65') - slotted in well at the back after christian's dismissal - 8. 14 chris thorpe (for harris 70') - scored a stunning goal and then normal service resumed when he spooned an easier chance wide of the target - 7. 15 jonno morshead (for woods 70') - took his goal very well after linking up with witty - 7.
loxwood 3 - 3 ruscombe
loxwood's never say die spirit shone through on sunday as they came from behind three times to claim a point against the unbeaten league leaders. and but for a below par display by skipper jason mitchell, rangers might have been celebrating a deserved win which really would have boosted their title chances. as it was new signing richard witt did his utmost to inspire loxwood with a superbly taken double and he even took over between the posts to try and save a late penalty after keeper mitchell had seen red and been ordered off. then in injury time the prolific christian buckley bundled in a dramatic equaliser and there was still time for rangers to come within inches of claiming a last-gasp winner. although disappointed not to emerge with the three points, loxwood showed great courage to keep battling back against the odds and they will need to show the same resolve when the two teams meet in next week's cup semi-final at scours lane. with both sides determined to come out on top, the first half was a fiercely fought contest with very little good football being played. rangers had a few half chances on the break but struggled to keep the ball long enough to pose any real threat while ruscombe too were kept at bay by loxwood's water tight defence until they suddenly scored a goal from nowhere. there seemed little danger as a midfielder tried his luck from 35 yards but big jase failed to get down in time and the shot rolled in to loxwood's horror. with rangers looking a little lightweight, jason harris made a double tactical substitution at half-time with richard witt coming on to replace jonny austin while michael woods replaced a tiring nathan harvey. and both players made a major impact as loxwood took charge of the second half. within five minutes witt had made his mark on the game as he spun round before drilling an unstoppable left foot shot past the bewildered keeper. and it was the home team who looked set to go on and gain a vital victory until big jase allowed another soft goal to sneak under him to give ruscombe a lead they hardly deserved. despite another major set-back witt levelled things for a second time when he latched onto a through ball by woodsy before cutting inside two defenders and toe poking the ball past the keeper. however, there was still more twists in the tail and with the 90 minutes almost up, ruscombe dangerman danny hollidge broke free of his shackles and poked the ball past the outrushing mitchell who clattered into him as the ball ran out of play. referee ken clark had no real option but to award a penalty for the miss-timed tackle but an irate mitchell then lost his cool completely and was rightfully sent off for foul and abusive language as he argued against the decision. youngster witt, formerly on reading's books as a goalkeeper pulled on the gloves in a bid to stop the spot kick but was unable to keep out the well struck shot. he then handed the gloves to chris thorpe before racing up front in an attempt to salvage something for his new side and he did just that as his shot was pushed away for a corner from which woodsy's miss-hit cross was forced in by buckley to make it 3-3. then with the last kick of the game, witty sent in a pin-point cross to the back post where jonno morshead headed the ball back across goal only to see it bounce agonisingly wide as colman and dave clyde failed to connect. how they performed 1 jason mitchell - so often he has been our saviour but on sunday he wasn't happy right from the first whistle and failed to deal with two shots which he would normally save with his eyes closed - 5. 2 nathan harvey - once again nathan was struggling with flu and after a below-par first half display looked quite pleased to be taken off - 6. 3 dave clyde - not his best showing by any means but kept going right to the end - 7. 4 jason harris - struggled to get his side passing well but put in a solid show before coming off with a dead leg - 7. 5 christian buckley - scored another vital goal for the club and did an outstanding marking job on their dangerous striker - 8. 6 duncan greenwood - despite suffering from a heavy cold shearer was in fine form once again - 8. 7 wes stone - voted man of the match for his non-stop running and commitment. he really is turning into a midfield dynamo - 9. 8 jonno morshead - put himself about and chased everything down against some uncompromising defenders - 7. 9 jonny austin - looked a little lightweight and needs to be stronger on the ball and shield it - 6. 10 brian colman - was always a threat at set pieces and kept driving us on right to the end - 7. 11 chris thorpe - solid and assured although his first time clearances seemed to be continually sliced out of play - 8. subs 12 richard witt (for austin 45') - scored two stunning goals and looked a class act every time he touched the ball - 8. 14 michael woods (for harvey 45') - gave us a new dimension down the right flank with some driving runs and no-nonsense tackling - 7. 15 pete phillips (for harris 65') - added some extra steel to the midfield and made a great run down the right when his pace took him past three defenders before he was cruelly cut down in full flow 8. 16 nick pope (not used).
fourth shift 0 - 1 loxwood
reserve team striker dan jack was the goalscoring hero in the second game after racing onto a wes stone through ball mid-way through the second half to score the winner. but it was skipper jason mitchell who played a vital part as he pulled off a series of superb saves to make sure of his side's second clean sheet. big jase led by example as he continually denied fourth shift and in a tense first half it was mitchell who somehow manage to push a goalbound shot onto the post before watching it roll across the goalline and then cleared to safety. after the break, mitchell again performed heroics to keep fourth shift out and having rode their luck, loxwood then finished with a flourish. jack finally broke the deadlock when he beat the keeper in a one on one and he and strike partner jonny austin should have made the game safe as they both missed breakaway chances. but the single strike proved to be enough as loxwood saw out the final few minutes with some comfort to claim six precious points which has pushed them right up into contention at the top of the table. how they performed 1 jason mitchell - probably his busiest game so far this season and jase showed what a great keeper he is with a series of vital saves - 9. 2 wes stone - showed lots of energy up and down the right flank and almost scored his first goal as their keeper made a stunning save - 8. 3 dave clyde - another confident display by dave who defensive qualities are really shining through - 8. 4 matt poll - put himself about and tried to urge rangers forward with a series a important runs - 7. 5 christian buckley - spent more time defending than attacking and was unable to add to his goal tally as there were very few set pieces - 8. 6 duncan greenwood - once again defended stoutly in the face of some intense pressure - 8. 7 keith peake - put in some bone shaking tackles as he held the midfield together and gave solid protection for the back three - 8. 8 jonno morshead - put himself about again before finally running out of steam - 7. 9 dan jack - worked tirelessly up front, scored the all important goal and could have had a few others - 8. 10 brian colman - struggled to get into the second game as he ran out of energy - 7. 11 chris thorpe - another assured showing although he did try his famous sliced clearance which had big jase on his toes - 7. subs 12 jason harris (for colman 35') - struggled to get into the game having been on the sidelines for nearly an hour but defended stubbornly - 7. 14 jonny austin (for morshead 35') - had two or three good chances to kill fourth shift off but wasn't quite on his game especially after taking a nasty blow to the face - 7. 15 gary campbell (for clyde 60') - made sure we kept our opponents out during an important last 15 minutes - 8.
loxwood 4 - 0 emmbrook
loxwood put the record straight last sunday as they outgunned rivals emmbrook sports 4-0 to make up for their only league defeat of the season last october. it was a case of sweet revenge for rangers who produced their worst display of the season when the two sides met earlier in the campaign. on that occasion loxwood lost 2-1 with no-one emerging with any real credit but last sunday the team made no mistake with emmbrook resident jonno morshead bagging a double to make sure of the win and the man of the match award. christian buckley: won penalty morshead gave loxwood a 15th minute lead from the penalty spot after defender christian buckley had been brought down in full flow in the area. and when "the gaffer" pete phillips scored his second goal in as many games with a superb header, loxwood looked in complete control. goalscorer philips gets booked brian colman should have added to the total but somehow managed to stab his shot wide from a jason harris corner while phillips made a hash of his shot when he was put clean through just before the interval. the game was over as a contest just two minutes into the second half when morshead closed down an attempted clearance before slotting past the stranded keeper and jonny austin added the fourth to take his tally to four goals in two games. the game died a bit of a death after that with the points secured and injuries to phillips and substitute mikey roberts disrupting the flow. but loxwood emerged as deserved winners and they now face a hectic month with two double headers and a semi-final to look forward to. how they performed 1 jason mitchell - didn't really have a shot to save as the majority of emmbrook attacks came to nothing - 7. 2 westley stone - an impressive full debut by wes who showed a lot of pace and power down the right flank - 8. 3 dave clyde - had a few dodgy moments in the first half but then settled down to weight in with a typically solid show - 7. 4 jason harris - started well and set up several goal attempts before fading near the end - 7. 5 christian buckley - did well to win the penalty with a surging run into the box and never looked in any danger at the back - 8. 6 duncan greenwood - solid as a rock and hardly put a foot wrong - 8. 7 pete phillips - scored another great goal which flew in off his bald patch. we will miss his presence next week - 8. 8 jonno morshead - the confidence is really starting to flow from jonno now and he deserved his man of the match vote after a powerful display - 9. 9 jonny austin - worked hard throughout and added another goal to his tally - 8. 10 brian colman - not his best performance and picked up a nasty arm injury to really make his day - 7. 11 chris thorpe - swept up well and managed not to score past his own keeper! - 7. subs 12 mikey roberts (for phillips 60') - lasted about a minute before his ankle went again and looks set to be out for some time - 5. 14 ed west (for roberts 61') - slotted in well at right wing back and made sure we stayed organised at the back - 8. 15 dom mcadden (for clyde 75') - committed display from dom who showed that when called upon he can be relied upon - 8.
tilehurst utd 3 - 7 loxwood
the two jonny's teamed up to fire loxwood into the semi-finals of the ted cambridge cup as they bagged five goals between them in last sunday's much delayed quarter-final. youngster jonny austin showed a cool head in front of goal to hammer home a hat-trick while strike partner jonno morshead bagged a double as rangers romped to victory - although they gave their supporters a few heart stopping moments along the way. everything seemed to be running smoothly as a double by morshead and austin's first gave rangers a 3-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes. but loxwood then switched off for the rest of the first half allowing tilehurst to claw their way back into the tie with two goals in the space of five minutes. loxwood's youngest fan - with our oldest git! however, rangers restored a two goal cushion on the stroke of half-time and they never looked back after that making sure of a semi spot against either ruscombe or southern counties autos. after a month of postponements, the match was switched from cotswold to laurel park in a bid to finally get the tie played and although conditions were far from perfect, rangers seemed to revel in the mud during the first 15 minutes. with just three minutes gone a long ball forward by chris thorpe found morshead who slotted past the exposed keeper and when a cross by jason harris was headed goalwards by brian colman, morshead against reacted well to slam home the rebound following a finger tip save. jonny austin then pounced from close range to make it 3-0 after a solid challenge on the keeper by morshead but like the rest of the team, the front pairing then seemed to switch off and tilehurst were allowed far too much time and space as they came roaring back. it was the sign of things to come when nick pope headed against his own cross bar under pressure and when a loose ball in the box wasn't cleared, united were able to pull one back from six yards. shortly afterwards they were right back in the contest as a cool chip from the edge of the box beat jason mitchell and the visitors could easily have been back on terms but for two stunning saves by big jase. woods: impressive return to form with half-time looming, loxwood at last regained some quality in their play and a sweeping move down the left saw michael woods send in a cross to the back post where harris was on hand to side foot home. during the interval rangers regrouped knowing that if they won their individual battles the match would be theirs. christian buckley at last calmed down having tried to kick tilehurst's curly haired twat of a striker into next week and with the midfield sticking to their task, loxwood left their opponents standing with a three goal burst. jonny austin completed his treble with two well taken goals and then pete phillips finally opened his account for the season with a diving header after the best move of the match which saw colman, austin and the outstanding woods combine before the latter sent in a perfect cross for the salmon like gaffer to attack. all that was left was for thorpey to slice in a peach of an own goal, but it made little difference as united were already dead and buried by that stage. how they performed 1 jason mitchell - made two crucial saves when we were under the cosh in the first half and gathered in every cross to keep tilehurst at bay - 8. 2 michael woods - having had a nightmare in the abandoned game two weeks earlier, woodsy weighed in with his best display yet - 8. 3 dave clyde - powerful performance on the left by dave who might have scored a couple of goals if i hadn't got in his way twice - 8. 4 jason harris - doubled his goals total for the season with the crucial fourth strike on the stroke of half-time. did his utmost to break up any united attacks and has the stud marks to prove it - 8. 5 christian buckley - was voted man of the match for a vital man marking job on their most dangerous player but must learn to curb his temper. opponents always try to wind up good players to put them off their game - 9. 6 nick pope - put himself about before being taken off so that he could get up to highbury in time to see the gooners beat chelsea - 8. 7 pete phillips - capped a good all round display with his first goal of the season...you could feel the tremors as he dived full length to head home - 8. 8 jonno morshead - gave us the flying start we were looking for with two early goals and probably would have added some more if he hadn't of run out of steam - 8. 9 jonny austin - this will probably be jonny's first and last hat-trick for us because you should have seen his face in the club afterwards when he had to fork out for two jugs of lager! well done mate, a classy treble - 8. 10 brian colman - settled well in his former position in the centre of midfield although he did go walkabout on occasions - 8. 11 chris thorpe - own goal apart, thorpey looked solid again although i'm not sure if he really meant to set jonno up for his first goal! - 8. subs 12 duncan greenwood (for pope 60') - slotted in well at the heart of the defence - 8. 14 dan jack (for morshead 70') - dan's fresh legs gave us the edge in the closing stages as he chased everything as always - 8. 15 ed west (for harris 75') - somehow managed to stay clean once again! - 8.
loxwood park rangers 1 - 1 reading pirahnas
loxwood park rangers put the brakes on reading pirahnas title charge as they ended their 100 per cent league record last sunday. and on a day which saw the reserves hand woodley roofing their first defeat of the campaign, it could have been a win double if loxwood had shown more of a cutting edge to their play. rangers were more than a match for the former league leaders who went into the game with an immaculate six wins out of six record. and after taking a 50th minute lead through midfielder mikey roberts, loxwood looked set to hold on for victory until they were punished for their only mistake of the game 20 minutes from the end. thorpe: trod on ball! the unfortunate chris thorpe trod on the ball as he attempted to clear and pirahnas pounced in some style as their striker raced clear before thumping an unstoppable shot past jason mitchell. that effort apart, the visitors hardly got a look in as the loxwood defence and midfield stood firm to create an unbreachable barrier. but it was up front that they struggled with youngster jonny austin and veteran brian colman failing to find anything like their true form. time and time again rangers won possession and began to break forward, only to see the ball lost too cheaply and hit straight back down their throats. yet despite not firing on all cylinders in was loxwood who created the best first half chances. after 30 minutes a corner caused mayhem in the visiting defence but somehow, austin, colman and christian buckley failed to force the ball over the line with the keeper grounded. and five minutes later a sweeping move down the left saw the ball fed into the path of the unmarked colman who screwed his shot badly wide from a great position. michael woods, who was starting to cause major problems down the right, saw a long range effort brilliantly tipped over by the keeper and although pirahnas enjoyed the majority of possession their only efforts on goal came from long range. and it was loxwood who deservedly went ahead early in the second half when nathan harvey's determined run down the left resulted in a great cross which was only cleared as far as roberts who blasted a missile in from the edge of the box. in a bid to shore up the defence, andy crang came on for shearer who was carrying an injury and dave clyde replaced woodsy after he an opponent had been warned by the referee. it all seemed quite comfortable for loxwood at this stage but out of the blue poor old thorpey trod on the ball and the pirahnas centre forward seized on the chance as he outpaced crangy and sent a bullet past big jase for the equaliser. as rangers began to tire there were a few close shaves at the back but they held on for a deserved point and at least had the satisfaction of helping to knock pirahnas off the top for the first time this season. how they performed: 1 jason mitchell - had no chance with their goal but must practice his place kicks they were crap - 7. 2 nathan harvey - his storming run helped set up our goal and it is great to see nathan back to his very best - 8. 3 chris thorpe - made one mistake when he trod on the ball but that apart he was excellent once again - 8. 4 jason harris - put himself about and set piece delivery caused problems but he ran out of steam in the end - 7. 5 christian buckley - typically power-packed performance from buckers who took no prisoners - 8. 6 duncan greenwood - gave everything before coming off with a slight injury - 7. 7 matt poll - didn't get much of a chance to play football on a bog of a pitch but battled hard. needs to put some studs in his boots next time, it helps you to stay on your feet! 8. 8 mikey roberts - looked a little rusty after the christmas break but weighed in with a superb goal - 8. 9 jonny austin - struggled to make much of an impact and rarely looked a threat - 6. 10 brian colman - by his high standards, brian did not perform. perhaps his mind is on the fast approaching birth of another baby - 6. 11 michael woods - once he got the ball he started to look a real threat but had to be taken off after the break as the referee felt he and an opponent were walking a tightrope - 7. subs 12 andy crang (for greenwood 55') - was desperate to make an impact against many of his saturday team-mates and put himself about well - 7. 14 dave clyde (for woods 70') - added extra pace and power to the team when he came on down the left flank -7. 16 pete phillips (matt poll 75') - put himself about and made sure we kept hold of at least a point -7. subs not used: jonno morshead, steve hanlon.
Read about first team result at summer league.